The Worst First Day

Bullied While Desegregating Central High
By Elizabeth Eckford, Eurydice Stanley and Grace Stanley

The Worst First Day: Bullied While Desegregating Central High by Elizabeth Eckford, Eurydice Stanley, and Grace Stanley is a non-fiction memoir of what happened in the early days of desegregation and, specifically, when a young girl became the first black student to enter an all-white...

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Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors

By Lisa Blecker

Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors is a children’s educational picture book written and illustrated by Lisa Blecker, and based upon a song by Dick Grover. Fruits and vegetables come in an astounding array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures, but they’re all quite good...

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Affirmation Weaver

A Believe in Yourself Story, Designed to Help Children Boost Self-esteem While Decreasing Stress and Anxiety
By Lori Lite

The hermit crab was known to all the creatures of the ocean as the Affirmation Weaver and though he was a crab of few words, his intricate web gave joy to anyone who had the time to enjoy its beauty. A dolphin was watching the...

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Principal Mikey

By Derek Taylor Kent

Principal Mikey is a wild, bright and highly amusing book for children written by author Derek Taylor Kent and illustrated by Paul Louis Smith. Intended for middle-grade readers of seven to twelve years old, this fast-paced chapter book follows our hero Mikey McKenzie, a scientific...

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Elsie's Story

This Story Has No Hero
By Michael Murphy

Elsie’s story could be anyone’s story, really. A girl from an impoverished family, a girl who’s repeating the fourth grade. Wearing worn, dirty clothes and being older than the other students, Elsie definitely stood out. And, she was a target for bullying. This was the...

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I AM Manifesto

By SB Hilarion

I AM Manifesto by SB Hilarion is an uplifting book for both children and adults with 366 affirmations that will help to build self-belief and self-esteem. Narrated in the form of a journal through the eyes of Hao Finley and Sabine Yi Lee, this book...

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The Girl Who Lived in the Haymow

By Lona Root Haskins

Laura Kay lives on a farm with three older brothers. Her father is away a lot, working on different job sites, while her mother does most of the work on the farm. There aren’t any little girls living nearby, so Laura Kay feels very much...

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The Visiting Fairy

By Tanya R. Taylor

Adam is a little boy who lives most of his life in a wheelchair. He likes to sit by the window looking outside and dreaming of faraway places, like a part of the world where there is snow in the winter and children can play...

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Corrie Cocker Spaniel

By Teresa Smith

Living in the countryside, I frequently witness abandoned pets, mostly cats, but some dogs. They wander around looking for a place to belong, to feel safe and to be loved. It’s heartbreaking. Teresa Whitaker Smith’s short story, Corrie Cocker Spaniel, really touched my heart to...

The Orangutan Rescue Gang

By Joyce Major

Joyce Major entertains us in The Orangutan Rescue Gang when Jaylynn has a connection with an orphaned orangutan because she also feels abandoned and lonely without her mother. Her father doesn’t understand the important need she has to rescue this wild animal and reunite it...

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